Appledore Shipyard

29th November 2016

Geoffrey Cox Q.C., MP for Torridge and West Devon, has hailed the publication of Sir John Parker’s Government-commissioned review of Naval Shipbuilding today as “the beginning of a new era for Appledore Shipyard” as, once again, a proud shipbuilder for the British Navy

Mr Cox lobbied, Sir John Parker, the Chairman of the National Shipbuilding Strategy, meeting him back in September and urging him to recognise the extraordinary quality, efficiency and competitiveness of the Appledore yard. He pointed out that Appledore had not shared fairly in defence work in the recent past but that it had proven its ability to compete in defence-related work by winning orders for 4 Irish Naval Patrol Vessels and building the bow sections for the British Navy’s new Aircraft Carriers. He pressed Sir John to ensure that Appledore would play a significant role in the new National Shipbuilding Strategy.

The review now concludes that regional Yards such as Appledore should play such a role. It reports that there has been a “renaissance” in regional Shipyards, characterised by “entrepreneurial attitudes” and a “willingness to embrace change”, and cites Appledore’s experience as the example of how naval shipbuilding strategy should be organised in future, with regional English yards carrying out the work in cooperation for a new series of naval warships, the Type 31 General Purpose Frigate, constructed with a view to export. The Government has welcomed the report and is minded to accept Sir John’s recommendations.

Geoffrey Cox said: “At last, in Sir John’s report, Appledore gets the recognition it deserves as one of the leading Shipyards in the country, capable of building the next generation of warships for the British Navy. Since the Government has welcomed the report and seems likely to accept his recommendations as part of the National Shipbuilding Strategy, the future is, once more, bright for Appledore.”

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